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NRL fans ejected from stadium after alleged racial abuse of Indigenous player Brent Naden

Brent Naden of the Panthers was the subject of alleged racist abuse in Gosford. Source: AAP

A group of men have been ejected from Central Coast Stadium for allegedly racially abusing Penrith winger Brent Naden.

NRL chief executive Andrew Abdo has promised bans for anyone found to have racially abused players after a group of spectators were marched from Central Coast Stadium on Friday night.

A group of about eight people were ejected from the match in Gosford for allegedly racially abusing Penrith winger Brent Naden.

The incident happened towards the end of the first half of the Panthers' match against the Warriors.

Police and security rounded on about eight men, who were predominantly wearing Warriors jerseys.

The group of spectators ejected from the crowd for alleged racist abuse.
The group of spectators ejected from the crowd for alleged racist abuse.
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It's understood Naden, 24, reported the abuse to the Penrith trainer who took action to have the men removed from the ground.

In the past the NRL issued bans for those found to have racially abused players and in a statement, Abdo promised to take the strongest possible action.

"Racism and vilification will not be tolerated in our game," the statement read.

"Bringing communities and cultures together is part of rugby league.

"We pride ourselves on being inclusive and taking a leadership role in driving social change.

"Any fan found to have racially abused a player or another fan will not be welcome at our games.

"We have shown in the past that we will take the strongest possible action to ensure fans guilty of racial abuse are banned from attending the Telstra Premiership.

"We will work closely with NSW Police, stadium authorities and the clubs to determine the facts and take decisive action against anyone guilty of racial abuse.

"Later tonight, I will call any player involved to ensure they are receiving the support they need. We will always stand by our players."

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